About The AIAPrograms & Initiatives
After the December 26, 2004, tsunami, the Sri Lankan Institute of Architects (SLIA) invited the American Institute of Architects to create a team of professionals to visit Sri Lanka examine the architect’s role in disaster relief with reference to the recovery stage, recommend strategies to be adopted in buildings in tsunami-prone coastal areas, review land use guidelines, and develop design and construction guidelines. The AIA focused on a joint team effort consisting of the AIA, American Planning Association (APA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to assess the damage caused to Sri Lanka by the disaster.
The following report produced by the AIA Disaster Assistance Program is the result of that collaborative effort and highlights the analysis and recommendations made by the multidisciplinary group of experts:
Download 2004 Tsunami Report - Sri Lanka: Issues, Observations, Suggestions (PDF 3.8 MB)